October 21, 2010

NPR Fires Juan Williams Over Comments About Muslims and Terrorism (Updated-Bumped)

PH2010102101580.jpgNPR has went too far this time.

WAPO: Veteran journalist Juan Williams was fired from his job as senior news analyst for National Public Radio late Wednesday because of comments he made about Muslims and terrorism on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News Channel.

NPR said in a statement that Williams's remarks - including that he gets "worried" and "nervous" when he sees people dressed in Muslim-style clothing on airplanes - "were inconsistent with our editorial standards and practices, and undermined his credibility as a news analyst with NPR."

Ok so what di Juan actually say? I'm playing catch up here. I don't actually watch O'Reily.
I mean, look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country," he said. "But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous."

Williams then brought up a statement made in a New York courtroom this month by Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani American who pleaded guilty to trying to detonate a bomb in Times Square and was sentenced to life in prison.

"He said the war with Muslims, America's war is just beginning, first drop of blood. I don't think there's any way to get away from these facts," Williams said.

OK, I see. NPR's policy seems to be if you don't have your nose up Steve Inskeep's ass and agree with his obvious anti-war, America sucks narrative you'r out. Truth be damned.

You can sent your input to F*cking NPR here.

Hat Tip: Red State.

Update: Here's the clip.

Update II: Michelle Maklin has much more, including whos pressure NPR caved to when they fired Juan.

Guess who stirred up the pot to get Williams fired?

Thatís right. Government-funded NPR has apparently caved into left-wing attack dogs on the Internet.

Update III by SH Achoo: Huff & Puff has a poll, wanna participate? Click image to vote:

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Update: Juan speaks out on FOXNEWS.

And O'Reily's take.

Update IV by SH Achoo: Megyn Kelly PWNS Ibrahim Hooper:

Another Update: Juan's post on the subject at his blog on FOX:

I say an ideological battle because my comments on "The OíReilly Factor" are being distorted by the self-righteous ideological, left-wing leadership at NPR. They are taking bits and pieces of what I said to go after me for daring to have a conversation with leading conservative thinkers. They loathe the fact that I appear on Fox News. They donít notice that I am challenging Bill OíReilly and trading ideas with Sean Hannity. In their hubris they think by talking with OíReilly or Hannity I am lending them legitimacy. Believe me, Bill OíReilly (and Sean, too) is a major force in American culture and politics whether or not I appear on his show.

Years ago NPR tried to stop me from going on "The Factor." When I refused they insisted that I not identify myself as an NPR journalist. I asked them if they thought people did not know where I appeared on the air as a daily talk show host, national correspondent and news analyst. They refused to budge.

This self-reverential attitude was on display several years ago when NPR asked me to help them get an interview with President George W. Bush. I have longstanding relationships with some of the key players in his White House due to my years as a political writer at The Washington Post. When I got the interview some in management expressed anger that in the course of the interview I said to the president that Americans pray for him but donít understand some of his actions. They said it was wrong to say Americans pray for him.

Later on the 50th anniversary of the Little Rock crisis President Bush offered to do an NPR interview with me about race relations in America. NPR management refused to take the interview on the grounds that the White House offered it to me and not their other correspondents and hosts.

...And now they have used an honest statement of feeling as the basis for a charge of bigotry to create a basis for firing me. Well, now that I no longer work for NPR let me give you my opinion. This is an outrageous violation of journalistic standards and ethics by management that has no use for a diversity of opinion, ideas or a diversity of staff (I was the only black male on the air). This is evidence of one-party rule and one sided thinking at NPR that leads to enforced ideology, speech and writing. It leads to people, especially journalists, being sent to the gulag for raising the wrong questions and displaying independence of thought.

Daniel Schorr, my fellow NPR commentator who died earlier this year, used to talk about the initial shock of finding himself on President Nixonís enemies list. I can only imagine Danís revulsion to realize that today NPR treats a journalist who has worked for them for ten years with less regard, less respect for the value of independence of thought and embrace of real debate across political lines, than Nixon ever displayed.

"Kelly's Court" below fold:

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